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Education
12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms

Education historian Diane Ravitch is the recipient of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education.

She's against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education, didn't always feel this way.

“It’s very difficult once you become embedded in a point of view to step back from it," Ravitch said Wednesday. "And I found that to be true because all your social networks tend to agree with you."

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Education
10:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition?

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For the four School of Innovation finalists, the next few months will focus on shaping their concepts into more concrete proposals.

For Jefferson County Public Schools, the work over the next 17 months or so includes helping those teams develop their plans, looking to the board to make a decision and decide on funding, and then working to get the school open in the 2015-16 academic year.

To the point: Opening a School of Innovation will mean an allocation of resources amid parallel reviews of facilities and magnet school programs.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Are the Finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation Competition

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The finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition are The Catalpa School, the Louisville Reach Academy, the Metro Museum Magnet School and the Next Generation Community School. 

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Listen to Details From the 12 Semifinalists in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens kicks off Friday night's School of Innovation forum.
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Jefferson County Public Schools will on Monday night unveil the finalists from the 48 community submissions to design a new school.

The school district plans to open the winning School of Innovation design in the 2015-16 academic year. Last month, JCPS unveiled 12 semifinalists in the competition. Submitters included several teams of JCPS teachers, a group of Louisville museum leaders and a team of educators from Michigan.

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Education
6:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Faces Join Opposition To Jefferson County School Discipline Practices

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A community group opposed to Jefferson County Public Schools’ discipline policies has gained more supporters and plans to meet this week to unify its message to the district.

Officials with the faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, say suspensions and other discipline in JCPS disproportionately affect African American students.

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Education
4:49 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

JCPS Gets 48 'School of Innovation' Proposals At Deadline

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The deadline to submit proposals for designing the next Jefferson County public school has passed, and officials say 48 individuals or groups are moving on for review.

Initially, more than 80 groups expressed interest in the School of Innovation Design Competition—which set out to change the look of public education. 

The final 48 submissions will be more than enough to determine a set of strong semi-finalists, says Jonathan Lowe, who helps lead the project for JCPS.  

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Education
7:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading

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Most Kentucky children aren't entering the fourth grade reading at grade level, according to a Kids Count report issued last week.

The gap in reading proficiency between children from low and high income families widened to about 30 percent from 2003 to 2013,  said the report, issued by Kentucky Youth Advocates. That happened in 11 others states.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School kindergartners entered school ready, which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.

For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (Here's more on what "ready" means.)

Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data. 

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

JCPS Competition to Design a School Getting Greater Than Expected Participation

School of the future according to the hit TV show The Jetsons.
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Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools anticipate they’ll get more proposals than expected for a competition to design a school.

It’s a good mix of applicants, says Jonathan Lowe, who heads the district’s School of Innovation Design Competition.  The winner will receive help from JCPS to see their dream school become a reality.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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